Explore the world through a child’s eyes as you develop your skills in childcare. Our course combines theory and practice to lay the foundation for a rewarding career path. You will enter the workforce as a graduate, leading high quality practice in a host of roles and registered settings, working closely with children and their families.
Working with young children is hugely rewarding and enormous fun. It can also be very challenging, and it’s a fast-paced sector. We will help you develop the skills, knowledge and qualities needed to deliver a high standard of professional practice in the workplace.
Our modules have been designed to develop your understanding of professional and inclusive practice, supporting both the child and the family. Using theory and practical experiences you will explore current research around key topics including contemporary theories and pedagogical approaches, while building your leadership skills and considering possible careers across the early childhood sector.
On this course you will learn through practice, in our Early Childhood Resource and Research Room and through our optional placement or theoretical modules. Placements are optional and individually tailored to enable you to gain experience in a variety of different types of settings. Whether you decide to go on placement or not, you will have access to additional volunteering and work experience as well as the choice to take part in further professional development training opportunities, enrichment trips, research groups and various early childhood and education events.
Throughout your studies you will be taught by experts in the field of early childhood, using a variety of teaching methods and interactive technology to promote learning, including group activities, class debates and discussion, lectures and seminar sessions, as well as independent learning and study expectations. You will receive regular feedback and personal tutorial support throughout the course to develop both your academic and professional skills. You will also benefit from the research our lecturers are involved in through our Early Childhood Research Group.
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This course takes into account the Children's Workforce Development Council and the Early Years Professional Framework. It will teach you the skills you need to work effectively in the early childhood sector such as nurseries and pre-schools.
When you graduate, you’ll be able to apply to work in any registered setting in England, without needing to retrain.
On the other hand, you could choose further study, such as a relevant Master’s degree, or a PGCE course which would qualify you as a primary school teacher. With further training, you could also go into educational psychology or social work.
The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.
With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.
At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly, supportive and experienced staff.With over 150 research students across our three doctoral programmes (PhD; DProf and EdD), we provide the multi-disciplinary perspective and potential for academic debate that reflects our position as a leader in practitioner-focused and practice-led research studies.
Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.
You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, social services, local and regional authorities, schools and academic institutions.
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Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.
Grants and scholarships are available for:
We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
Full-time undergraduate (3 years)
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